What’s causing my erectile dysfunction?

Testosterone plays an important role in keeping your mind sharp and your body healthy—from the heart to muscles and bones to erectile dysfunction (ED). If you’re middle-aged, your body’s testosterone levels have already begun to decline.

Testosterone is a hormone that is produced primarily in the testicles. It is essential in the development of masculine characteristics, muscle strength, fat distribution and sex drive. Testosterone peaks during adolescence and as you get older, your testosterone level gradually declines — typically about 1 per cent a year.

Researchers have found low testosterone contributes to weight gain and obesity, elevated harmful blood fats, and insulin resistance – each of which is a risk factor for the development heart disease, type 2 diabetes and ED.

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